Israeli forces in protective gear stand at a checkpoint in Jerusalem | AFP

Israeli security forces in protective gear check vehicles at the Walajah checkpoint in Jerusalem on a road leading to the West Bank city of Bethlehem. The city of Bethlehem was under lockdown on Friday after the first Palestinian cases of the deadly coronavirus were discovered there and authorities announced a state of emergency. IMAGES

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US pastor on being quarantined in Bethlehem hotel

A US pastor has spoken about conditions at a Bethlehem hotel, where he and other members of a church group are being held in quarantine after seven hotel workers were diagnosed with the new coronavirus. (March 7)

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Bethlehem under lockdown after virus cases confirmed | AFP

The city of Bethlehem is under lockdown after the first Palestinian cases of the deadly coronavirus were discovered there and authorities announced a state of emergency.

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Here’s the latest for Thursday March 5th: Warren drops her presidential bid; Stocks tumble on virus fears; Russia and Turkey call a cease-fire; Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem closes amid virus fears. (March 5)

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Palestinians announce West Bank tourism ban over coronavirus | AFP

Palestinians announce a two-week ban on tourists visiting cities and sites in the occupied West Bank, after the first suspected cases of coronavirus in the territory. The Palestinian health ministry announced a number of suspected cases had been detected at a hotel in the Bethlehem area.

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Here’s the latest for Wednesday December 25th: Police and protesters clash in Hong Kong; Protests in India continue; Christians in Bethlehem mark Christmas; Swimmers brave cold waters for Christmas plunge.

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Bethlehem welcomes pilgrims for Christmas celebrations | AFP

Pilgrims from around the world gather in the biblical city of Bethlehem, revered by Christians as the birthplace of Jesus, to celebrate Christmas in the Holy Land.

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Showbiz: Ungaro, Banksy, Box Office

French fashion designer Emanuel Ungaro dies at 86; Banksy takes politically charged Nativity scene to Bethlehem; “The Rise of Skywalker” opens with $175.5 million; “Cats” flops. (Dec 23)

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Mysterious artist Banksy unveils dark nativity in Bethlehem | AFP

A manger scene juxtaposed against concrete blocks seemingly pierced by a mortar shell — with Christmas looming, the latest Bethlehem offering by secretive artist Banksy appears in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

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Here are the top stories for Sunday, December 1st: Wintry weather stretches across U.S.; Ten injured in New Orleans shooting; Sewer backup floods New Yorkers; Christmas season kicks off in Bethlehem.

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Bethlehem’s Nativity Church removed from UNESCO endangered list | AFP

UNESCO removes Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity from its ‘World Heritage in Danger’ list after the building, identified by Christian tradition as the birthplace of Jesus Christ, went under renovation and conservation works. Church and Palestinian officials have since overseen high-quality work restoring “roof, exterior facades, mosaics and doors,” UNESCO said in a statement.

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Defunct steelmaker’s 21-story HQ imploded

Sixteen thousand tons of Bethlehem Steel collapsed in a matter of seconds Sunday as a demolition crew imploded Martin Tower, the defunct steelmaker’s former world headquarters in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. (May 19)

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Half-built school caught in the middle of Palestinian-US row

The West Bank village of Al-Jabaa close to Bethlehem received a USAID grant last year to expand its school, partly to increase the space for girls to study. Construction began late last year but will now halt, with only about a quarter of the work done and the entire school unusable after the Palestinian Authority announced it will refuse all US government aid for fear of lawsuits over alleged support for terrorism.

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(24 Dec 2018) Here are the top stories for Monday, Dec. 24th: Stocks dive as year nears end; Body count rises from Indonesia tsunami; Crowds flock to Bethlehem for Christmas; Volunteers track Santa’s whereabouts around the world.

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RAW: ‘Santa Claus’ protest over West Bank separation barrier in Bethlehem

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Palestinian activists dressed up in Santa Claus costumes held a rally against the separation barrier in Bethlehem on Sunday.

The protesters were filmed reaching the northern entrance checkpoint where they were denied passage by Israeli forces.

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Palestinians dressed as Santa Claus protest in Bethlehem

Palestinian activists dressed as Santa Claus and carrying Palestinian flags protest near an Israeli military checkpoint in Bethlehem. They distribute sweets to Palestinians working in Israel who are crossing the checkpoint back to Bethlehem.

At Jesus’s birthplace, an app is born to ease crowds

Bethlehem is buzzing, with more tourists expected this Christmas than have visited the Biblical city in years, causing the kind of problem that modern technology was almost born to deal with. Such are the crowds at the church built on the site where Jesus is believed to have been born that the authorities are planning to introduce an advance reservation system through an app.

Italian artists detained for Tamimi mural in Bethlehem

Mobile phone footage shows the moment two Italian artists were detained by Israeli police on Saturday for painting a mural of Ahed Tamimi on the West Bank separation barrier in Bethlehem. The video also shows a woman – later identified as Manar Raji, an assistant to the artists – chasing after an armoured Israeli police vehicle, protesting their arrest. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9baz

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